Alabama Soph Named SEC Offensive Best

Alabama redshirt sophomore Krystal Rivers has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week in volleyball after earning a team-leading 34 kills and .431 hitting percentage over two wins last week.

This is Rivers’ third SEC Offensive Player of the Week award after winning back-to-back awards on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. This is the sixth SEC weekly award of her career, having won Freshman of the Week three times last season for Alabama.

Rivers 34 kills were spread between a three-set victory at Auburn last Wednesday and a four-set victory over Arkansas at home on Sunday, giving her an average of 4.86 kills-per-set. She hit .431 over the two matches with just three errors on 72 swings. Her .409 clip against the Tigers was her highest total in SEC play this season before she surpassed that on Sunday with a .440 hitting percentage against the Razorbacks. Her 28.0 points against Arkansas is her highest total in SEC play and her second-highest total overall, while her 25 kills in the match are her second-highest total against conference opponents.

So far this season, Rivers is second in the SEC in kills (366, 4.11/set) and aces (32, 0.36/set), has the most overall points scored in the league (435.0) and is third in points-per-set (4.89).

The two wins last weekend improved Alabama’s record to 18-5 overall and 6-3 in SEC play, which puts the Tide in a tie for fourth place with Texas A&M. Florida leads the conference at 10-0, followed by Kentucky (8-1) and LSU (7-3).

Texas A&M’s Amy Nettles was named the Defensive Player of the Week while Florida’s Rhamat Alhassan was named the Freshman of the Week.

Alabama returns to action on Friday, Oct. 31 hosting No. 24 Texas A&M (14-6, 6-3 SEC) for a 7 p.m. CT Halloween matchup.

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